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Employees deliver harsh message to workmates with colds

Published: Tuesday, 15 January 2008   Category: Life after graduation

A third of workers in Britain say that they consider fellow employees who take time off work for a cold to be skiving, providing a warning for graduates preparing to enter the workplace, according to a new report.

The research, from Boots, also showed that 47 per cent of staff thought that people suffering from colds should not be in work because they will spread germs, creating a confusing situation for workers who suffer from colds regularly.

Angela Chalmers, Boots pharmacist, said "Battling a cold or flu afflicts all of us at some point, but this research shows that people are confused about what is the standard protocol to dealing with and treating the illness."

Sniffing is the most annoying people with a cold can do according to 23 per cent of the people surveyed in the report.

Absent employees costs the UK £11.6 billion a year, according to the CBI.

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